Jun 20, 2016:
An Industry Interaction Session held with representatives of Sheikhupura Chamber of Commerce and Industry at STEDEC house Lahore on 20th June 2016. Members from Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) and Shiekhupura Chamber of Commerce and Industry participated. Representatives of the R&D organization give overview about their respective organization, covering their role, mandate, products and technologies in pipeline water quality labs were highlighted. DG PCRWR suggested that PCRWR has approximately 24 facilities around the country which could be used to facilitate the collection storage and delivery of samples between industry and PCSIR.
Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed, Director General PCRWR briefed about his organization’s research and infrastructure, work related to water logging and groundwater mapping, key achievements, and a few commercialized activities. Major infrastructure and capabilities discussed included Geographic Information System and Geo Hydrological lab, Tile Drainage capabilities, Solar Powered Drip system, Farmers Advisory irrigation services through SMS. Also the achievements in rainwater harvesting capabilities, satellite based groundwater monitoring, and water quality labs were highlighted. DG PCRWR suggested that PCRWR has approximately 24 facilities around the country which could be used to facilitate the collection storage and delivery of samples between industry and PCSIR.
Mr. Afzal Kamboh, Deputy Director PCRET briefed about his organization’s services and need based R&D products in the field of Photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal products, Micro-hydro power plant, Biogas plant, and Solar Cookers. He further informed that PCRET laboratories could be effectively used to optimize manufacturing parameter and standardize testing facilities. Apart from that the second generation solar cell, i.e. the Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) technology is most appropriate for the environment, performs 5-7% higher than the silicon based solar cells and is cost effective at high temperature.
Group head/former president Mr. Mansoor-ul-Haq urged the R&D organizations to inform people about their available expertise including research laboratories which if productively utilized, could even reduce imports. In this regard he offered to host an industry interaction session at the Chamber office in which member companies would be invited. R&D organization may brief the member companies about their skills, expertise, products and technologies.